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Week of May 7, 2003

Paranoia Strikes Deep

Into your brain it will creep!: Matt Smith is scared witless by John Ashcroft ["Risk Reassessment," April 9]? This is not good. Mr. Smith seems to have contracted the Midwest Malady, an ailment that often strikes the first-born who set off for San Francisco in search of the Utopian Vision.

After a number of barren, frustrating years, the Malady begins to manifest itself in an annoying contrariness. Other, even less desirable symptoms follow. The sufferer has an overwhelming need to create enemies, and develops a sickening self-righteousness that makes others want to puke. As the condition progresses, paranoia sets in and soon enemies take on supernatural powers: George Bush prepares to eat the Bill of Rights; John Ashcroft awaits at the airport eager to rip off your socks; Colin Powell is revealed as a long-standing member of the Trilateral Something-or-Other.

Rest is called for, Mr. Smith. Give it a rest. Take a vacation. Cuba, Paris -- someplace where your wit will be more fully appreciated.

Paul Burton
Bernal Heights

Food for irrational thought: There is very little risk of a terrorist attack against San Francisco for three very good, sound reasons.

1) There are very few Jews in San Francisco, percentagewise, as compared to New York City and other large cities.

2) There is a very high percentage of Muslims in San Francisco, percentagewise, as compared to New York City and other large cities.

3) Our left-wing nitwits have been steadily demonstrating on behalf of Saddam Hussein so why would terrorists want to prove that they're wrong?

Ken Thomson
Via the Internet

Crime and Punishment

Bend over now, father: In regards to the scandal in the Catholic Church, disgraced Santa Rosa Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann, along with all other priests and bishops who have misused their powers, must be punished by the proper lawful authorities ["Bishop Bad Boy," March 19]. They must accept full responsibility for their depraved behavior, which has caused horrific scandal, and for some, the loss of their faith.

Even if Ziemann did great deeds, they were canceled by his dark and deadly side of sinful opportunity and self-fulfillment. For years there has been a decline in the teaching of the true Catholic faith and this must be begun again to educate every Catholic about their faith. Once taught in schools and from the pulpit on Sundays, it was somehow decided that it was too strong a message, perhaps reminding priests of their immoral choices, so it became almost nonexistent.

What a wrong choice this was because now society accepts immorality and a lack of virtue and values, making excuses for such grievous faults that destroy so many lives. Rules and sacraments were instituted for a serious reason, not to be picked at or chosen when one felt the need, but to be courageously followed at all times.

The Catholic Church will endure this blow and scandal, and those that have been injured by these men, we must pray for their healing and strength to love our faith which is God in heaven, not priests on Earth because they are only Christ's representatives who need our prayers to keep them strong and pure.

Cecilia Morales
Rohnert Park

Thanks, Bro

Loved the 'toon: I just wanted to write to Robert Wilonsky to congratulate him and thank him for the wonderful article on Baghdad Express ["The Gulf Between,", April 16]. I'm the illustrator of Joel Turnipseed's novel and I especially liked the cartoon being featured so brilliantly. Excellent work.

Brian Kelly
Minneapolis, Minn.

Poor But Groovy

That's KUSF: Cool article on J. Boogie ["Boogie Time?," Music, April 16]. Justin Boland is one of our very talented DJs here at KUSF. We are a nonprofit (read: very poor) and the station is essentially run by volunteers -- I being one and have been so for over a decade.

We have no money for advertising (sometimes we are able to work a trade but that's it) and I look for every opportunity to get attention to something that is a dying art: free-form radio. Especially with Clear Channel buying up everything from radio stations to music venues, this city doesn't have much of a choice or a chance of being educated and God forbid that you're a local band trying to get a break (as we did for Metallica -- even one of our beloved DJs suggested the name that was obviously used).

Jet @ KUSF-FM (90.3)
Noe Valley


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